Wednesday 29 February 2012
18:30 - 20:30
Charles Darwin House, London
This Talkfest event celebrated the aural qualities of science. A rich and lively discussion ensued, from the innovative storytelling of science on mainstream radio to niche podcasting, from science-inspired music to sharing sound-clips of scientific life.
Topics discussed included:
The importance of sound in science
The evocative power of audio for communicating the emotion of science, and whether sound quality actually matters
Whether audio could be as interactive and sharable as video and text
Why we should all be uploading Boos
If 'ultimedia' will ever be a reality
Why the BMJ started to do podcasts
We also discovered that Lord Kelvin struggled with the pronounciation of 'electron'.
After the event:
A podcast is available here; our gratitude to panelist Martin Austwick for recording the event.
You can also search Twitter for the #talkfest hashtag for some interesting discussion from before, during and after the event, as well as some additional links. Here are some of the sounds that were presented on the night:
Discovery LAUNCHING! (presented by Kate Arkless Gray, recording her experience watching the launch of Discovery at the Kennedy Space Centre in 2011)
Sounds of... Tottenham Court Road (Martin Austwick senses the city)
A selection of sounds from the Oral History of Science Project (Tom Lean)
How to Write An Instruction Manual (as produced by Michelle Martin, presented by Mark Miodownik)
Podcasting (Thom Hoffman)
Sounds of science: using audio to bring science podcasting to life (Melanie Hall)
You can also read Alice Bell's pre-event blog on the sounds of science and watch science communication going viral.
Chair and panellists: